Over the last ten years, millions of people came together to protect the open internet. This is their story.
In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission enacted strong open internet protections and reclassified broadband as a public utility based on Title II of the Telecommunications Act. And in June 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a lawsuit from large Internet Service Providers that sought to strike down the FCC’s rules.
Together, these two victories ensure generations to come will have access to an incredibly powerful communication and organizing platform: the free and open internet.
The following videos, a production of the Media Democracy Fund and Line Break Media, chronicle the campaign’s final push leading up to the FCC vote in the words of the people who fought tirelessly to protect our essential communications rights in the digital age. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of this increasingly diverse and sophisticated field, we hope the videos will serve as a case study for other advocates working for positive social change.
Net neutrality is the principle that all communication on the internet must be treated equally. An implicit ‘First Amendment’ for the internet since the inception of the world wide web, everyone from public interest advocates to businesses and government institutions relies on net neutrality for fair access to their audience. Without net neutrality rules, Internet Service Providers would be free to block, slow, or discriminate against internet services, applications, or content for any reason. This video in MDF’s series on net neutrality describes the importance of the issue and provides an overview of the campaign.
You can view the full series here: mediademocracyfund.org/netneutrality/